Bryan Singer Speaks On The Time Travel Elements Of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’; Reveals Basic Synopsis
Speaking in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (which hit newsstands and on iPad on Thursday), ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ director Bryan Singer told the outlet how exactly the past and future scenes are split up in the movie, which serves as both a follow-up to ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class.’ “The future’s about 25, 30 percent of the movie. The past is most of it,” Singer revealed.
Empire’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ feature also mentions that the future scenes take place in 2023 and the reason for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine being sent back is to stop the assassination of a “key figure” – at the hands of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) - in order to avoid annihilation at the hands of the Sentinels. As for how exactly Wolverine is sent back, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) will use her phasing powers to send his mind back into his 1970s body. “It’s about figuring your rules and sticking to them,” Singer says. “The principle I looked at is this theory that until an object is observed, it hasn’t really happened yet. The time-traveller whose consciousness travels through time I call The Observer, and until The Observer returns to where he travelled from, the result hasn’t occurred yet. So he can muck about in the past and it isn’t until he snaps back that the new future is set. As a result, we’re able to have parallel action, and there’s an underlying tension because there’s always that threat Wolverine’s conciousness could return and leave the world in an even darker place.” It’s also revealed that the school – in the past – has been closed for ten years by 1973, perhaps explaining why the team are no longer together. Quotes via CBM.
Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman round out the film’s principal cast. Co-written, produced and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film is scheduled to be released in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd, 2014.
Bryan Singer launched the’ X-Men’ movie franchise with the first two films, ‘X-Men’ and ‘X2,’ and has been a guiding influence in each subsequent X-Men film by producing. Matthew Vaughn, director of ‘X-Men: First Class,’ will produce ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ with his fellow co-writer on the film, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Shuler Donner. The screenplay is written by Kinberg, Vaughn, and Jane Goldman, with Singer writing the story. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will be based on a classic comic book story arc that unfolded in two issues of Marvel Comics’ ‘Uncanny X-Men’ in 1981, from writer Chris Claremont and artists John Byrne and Terry Austin. The synopsis for the film is as follows.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
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